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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 7, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Happy New Year and welcome back! Lots of action on the airwaves this week, as programmers wake up from the bitterly cold break with plenty of presents to keep us warm. The first Radio Active report of 2018 starts much how the last report of 2017 began:

SEVEN WONDERS: Surviving through the slow holiday season and into 2018, Camila Cabello‘s biggest solo release to date, the Young Thug-assisted “Havana”, grabs a seventh week on top of the CHR/Top 40 chart. The global hit, taken from her forthcoming album Camila, is the longest-running #1 song at the format since Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You”, which spent a total of ten weeks at the summit last spring. Her follow-up single, “Never Be The Same”, climbs from 34-30 this week, as it officially impacts on Tuesday. (Much of the panel is already on it, with adds spread out over the last few weeks, so don’t expect a big result.) “Havana” is still about 900 spins away from its nearest competitor, and with her aforementioned set due on Friday, there’s still a small chance that it could lead the chart for an eighth week. We’ll see! Regardless of what happens, she’s still a winner.

FILTHY AND FINESSE-Y: Two of this week’s top 40 entries were released at the end of last week to massive sales and streaming debuts, as well as hourly airplay on their respective first days in the market. The latter one, “Filthy” by Justin Timberlake, was all over the place on Friday and bursts into the countdown this week all the way up at #22, marking his 29th solo entry since 2002. His return to the pop format comes a week shy of the 20th anniversary of the impact date for what would become *NSYNC‘s debut U.S. hit, “I Want You Back”, which eventually went to #5 that May. In with a still-impressive 19th top 40 song is hitmaker Bruno Mars, whose remix of “Finesse” (along with Cardi B, now in with her second top 40 hit) launches at #33. The new jack swing release is an updated version of an album cut from his 2016 set, 24K Magic, which you’ll be hearing plenty about with the Grammy Awards a few weeks away. Further down the chart, the song “Home” (#39) by Machine Gun Kelly (third top 40 hit), X Ambassadors (fourth) and Bebe Rexha (12th) boosts the soundtrack to the Netflix movie Bright, while Post Malone‘s “I Fall Apart” (#40) lands the 22-year-old performer his fourth top 40 single (third from Stoney) at the format since 2015.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME: In addition to all the excitement in the top 40, another three songs are new to the top 50 this week. At #48, we find a big Urban (#10) and Rhythmic (#11) hit from chart newcomer Lil Pump, who enters with “Gucci Gang”. The rapper, 17-year-old Gazzy Garcia, released his self-titled debut last year, reaching #3 on the Billboard 200 list. Two additional EDM releases come in just below that single, with “First Love” (#49) bringing together the duo Lost Kings and two-time top 40 entrant Sabrina Carpenter, with “All Falls Down” (#50) linking Alan Walker with another singer with two top 40 tracks, Noah Cyrus, as well as Digital Farm Animals, who appeared (in a featured role) on Louis Tomlinson‘s “Back To You” (#24) in 2017. Will the two guys of Lost Kings or Walker, who have achieved plenty of top 40 hits to date on the Dance survey, finally manage their first top 40 hit on the CHR chart? We’ll see soon!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 17, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Before we head into the holiday break and a short rest from the Sunday report, it’s time to report on those frosty finds one more time for 2017:

MERRY CAMILA-MAS: Gaining over 300 spins again this week, Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” is still a smash at Top 40 radio, as the Young Thug-assisted single stays at #1 for the fourth week in a row. “Havana” is nearly 2,800 spins ahead of this week’s #2 hit by Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”, which leaps from 4-2 with an impressive 2,000 spin increase. I’m sure Santa will have both tunes on top of his pop playlist, as he travels the globe with his trusty reindeer about a week from now. As the annual freeze overtakes the top 40, it’s unclear what week “Perfect” will swap places with “Havana”, but it should be on top by our first report of 2018.

Cabello’s new one, “Never Be The Same”, is looking at some great early numbers, as it soars into the top 50 at #44 this week. The hit was last week’s runner-up title on the Most Added report at pop radio, and when stations begin reporting adds again in January, the rest of the panel is likely to catch out quickly. Camila is due January 12, which should almost certainly debut at #1 on the album list. (By the way, Cabello’s entry is not a hot Christopher Cross remake, but his song of the same name spent two weeks at #3 on R&R in November 1980.

THE PRICE IS BRIGHT: With the first pop chart arrival from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright, “Home”, which enters at #45 on the current survey, teams Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha for their first collaboration together. The film debuts on the service this Friday. Another release from the project, Bastille‘s “World Gone Mad”, is up a single notch from 18-17 on the Alternative chart. It’s hard to tell what kind of longevity the movie will have, given the unconventional launch of it at a busy time of the year, but the response so far to the tracks from it seems to indicate that, at the very least, the soundtrack will have some life at digital retail.

Further down the list, Eminem‘s recent Revival set provides us with a second top 50 song in “River”, featuring the aforementioned Sheeran, which comes in at #46. The rapper peaked at #41 two weeks ago with the Beyoncé-assisted “Walk On Water”. His newest set is expected to debut at or near the top of the Billboard 200 list, though it’ll do so with a significantly smaller sales frame than the majority of his catalog sold in their first weeks on sale. One notch lower, we find Louis Tomlinson and “Miss You”, new a #47. It’s likely to become the one-time One Direction member’s third solo top 40 single at the format in the new year, assuming it survives the dreaded holiday freeze.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (December 12, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: G-Eazy and Halsey may be leading the charge once more, but that won’t stop impacting songs from Post Malone and Thirty Seconds To Mars, as well as a pre-impact track from Camila Cabello, in their quest for pop glory. Here’s what happened during the last impact date of 2017:

“SAME” IS THE NAME: While G-Eazy and Halsey‘s “Him & I” (on Capitol/RCA) holds at #1 on the latest Top 40 radio report this Tuesday, scoring with another 51 adds in its second week, Syco/Epic’s Camila Cabello engages in some early festive fun with this week’s runner-up song, “Never Be The Same”, netting 41 stations. (The hit officially impacts on January 9.) Of course, her new single comes as her last one, the Young Thug-assisted “Havana”, continues its run at the top of the weekly chart. Both singles can be found on her forthcoming self-titled album, due January 12.

Two other reactive tracks in the mix on this week’s report come from Interscope’s Thirty Seconds To Mars and Republic’s Post Malone, the former with “Walk On Water” (26 new stations) and the latter with “I Fall Apart” (25 new stations). The rock group’s latest, coming in fourth place with two other releases, was recently at #1 on the Alternative chart for four weeks. Malone’s song, an album cut from last year that was revived when a live video went viral several months ago, is approaching the top ten on Rhythmic radio. It’s in seventh place among the top ten Most Added songs.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. G-EAZY & HALSEY, “Him & I” (Capitol/RCA)
2. CAMILA CABELLO, “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
3. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
4-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
4-T. THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, “Walk On Water” (Interscope)
7. POST MALONE, “I Fall Apart” (Republic)
8. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
9. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)
10. LOUIS TOMLINSON, “Miss You” (Syco/Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (December 5, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: G-Eazy and Halsey have a “Him” for the weekend, leading the pack on a busy Tuesday at the format. Let’s add up all those fresh finds and station sensations this week:

“I” ON THE PRIZE: There’s no limit to how fast G-Eazy and Halsey‘s collaboration “Him & I” will fly up the pop list, thanks in part to a big week at the format during its official impact. Starting at 73 stations, it’s easily the Most Added record on the report. In the next few days or so, it should officially reach the top 40 on the CHR survey, having entered the top 50 on this morning’s rolling update. You’ll find the hit on G-Eazy’s upcoming album titled The Beautiful & Damned, out on December 15. (The first single from it, “No Limit”, recently climbed to #1 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, though its Top 40 action has been minimal.)

The Steve Aoki remix of “MIC Drop” by BTS and Desiigner continues its quick ascent up the charts and with the panel, landing in second place for the second week with another 34 stations. That tune is followed by “Home”, combining the talents of Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha, which also breaks the 30-station mark with exactly 30 adds (third place) during its impact week. “Home” is the first pop radio release from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright, which is also out on December 15. In a fifth place ranking, tied with a second entry at 23 adds, comes our final spotlight song: Louis Tomlinson‘s “Miss You”. His two solo top 40 singles so far have peaked at #24 (“Back To You”) and #32 (“Just Hold On”), so we’ll see if this one can go any higher.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. G-EAZY & HALSEY, “Him & I” (Capitol/RCA)
2. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
3. MACHINE GUN KELLY, X AMBASSADORS & BEBE REXHA, “Home” (Atlantic/RRP/Interscope)
4. FERGIE, “A Little Work” (Dutchess/RED/BMG)
5-T. LOUIS TOMLINSON, “Miss You” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
7. ALAN WALKER featuring NOAH CYRUS & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “All Falls Down” (RCA)
8. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
9. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
10. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (December 4-5, 2017)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALAN WALKER featuring NOAH CYRUS & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS – “All Falls Down” (RCA)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Walker’s “Faded” went to #45 last year, but Cyrus and DJ/producer Nicholas Gale went top 40 earlier this year.

BTS featuring DESIIGNER – “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
EP: Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ (2017)
Past T40 History: The popular K-pop group has never charted at the format before, but the rapper’s “Panda” went to #20 in 2016.

G-EAZY & HALSEY – “Him & I” (RCA/Capitol)
Album: The Beautiful & Damned (2017)
Past T40 History: With a pair of #1 songs and nearly a dozen top 40 hits between them, CHR radio’s new romance has just begun.

MACHINE GUN KELLY, X AMBASSADORS & BEBE REXHA – “Home” (Atlantic/RRP/Interscope)
Album: Bright (Soundtrack) (2017)
Past T40 History: Both Kelly and Rexha have hit #1 here as a part of collaborations. The New York group has two top tens to date.

Next week: It’s the last impact date of the year, featuring Thirty Seconds To Mars and (hopefully) more!

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 28, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Taylor Swift knows the “Game” well, but BTS knows how to “Drop” the surprise of the week! Time to drop some mics and a little add action on you:

IT’S NOT THE “END”: With the Thanksgiving break still on the minds of some pop programmers out there, action on this radio report is a bit limited. As expected, Taylor Swift‘s “End Game”, featuring Ed Sheeran and Future, is the Most Added single for the second week in a row, with another hefty sum of 44 stations. However, a week before its official impact, the Steve Aoki mix of “MIC Drop” by K-pop group BTS and rapper Desiigner is off to solid start, grabbing 25 adds for the runner-up spot. It is the first time that the septet has appeared this high on the adds results, though they’ve received some small airplay with other singles here.

Much of the bottom half of the top ten is loaded down with reactive collaborations, the only single making its first appearance here being Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato‘s “Échame La Culpa”, which delivers twelve new stations this week. Both Fonsi and Lovato’s “Despacito” and “Sorry Not Sorry”, respectively, hit #1 at the format earlier this year. Will they return together? Find out soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
3-T. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
3-T. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)
3-T. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
3-T. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
7-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
7-T. LORDE featuring KHALID, POST MALONE and SZA, “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
9-T. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
9-T. LUIS FONSI & DEMI LOVATO, “Échame La Culpa” (UMLE/Island/Republic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 14, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Eminem‘s “Water” wars hydrate the panel, while Walk The Moon gets on the good “Foot” with a few dozen programmers. Don’t get mad, get adds:

“WATER” YOU WAITING FOR?: The buzz is big on the forthcoming album by Eminem, Revival, which is out on Friday. The Interscope star offers a first taste of the set with “Walk On Water”, featuring Columbia’s Beyoncé, which takes the runner-up spot on this week’s Top 40 report, added at 39 stations in its first week. Of course, this means that Selena Gomez and Marshmello‘s “Wolves” howls in the top spot for a third consecutive week, new at another 49 stations, which is quite an achievement. It is now in the top 25 at the format, and headed for much higher. (Of course, I probably said that about “Bad Liar” and “Fetish” too, and those two singles bottomed out below the top ten. Anyways, we’ll see what happens.)

Beyond those two collaborations in the top two spots, one of the other big winners on impact is “One Foot” from RCA’s Walk The Moon, which picks up 30 adds for a strong third place finish. The Ohio group’s “Shut Up And Dance” just missed the top spot two years ago, stalling at #2 for three weeks that June and July. (They’ve had two additional charting releases, though neither has gone past #45.) The band’s What If Nothing was released on Friday and will likely enter in the top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart. “Foot” is currently #9 on the Alternative radio list and #44 on the Hot AC survey.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
2. EMINEM featuring BEYONCÉ, “Walk On Water” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
3. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
4. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)
5. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
6. HARRY STYLES, “Kiwi” (Columbia)
7. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
8. CALVIN HARRIS featuring KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY, “Faking It” (Columbia)
9. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
10-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
10-T. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
10-T. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)

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